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DP World Tour Championship 2013: Leaderboard and Analysis After Day 2

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - NOVEMBER 15:  Henrik Stenson of Sweden during the second round of the 2013 DP World Tour Championship on the Earth Course at the Jumeirah Golf Estates on November 15, 2013 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.  (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
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Jeremy FuchsCorrespondent IIINovember 15, 2013


DP World Tour Championship Top 10
PositionNameTo ParThruToday
1.Henrik Stenson-1218-8
2.Alejandro Canizares-1118-5
T3.Victor Dubuisson-818-6
T3.Marcus Fraser-818-3
T5.Jonas Blixt-718-7
T5.Justin Rose-718-5
T5.Ian Poulter-718-4
T5.Kiradech Aphibarnrat-718-2
T9Miguel Angel Jimenez-618-6
T9.Pablo Larrazabal-618-6
EuropeanTour.com

Day 2 of the DP World Tour Championship was the story of Henrik Stenson. The talented Swede roared from behind to take the lead away from Alejandro Canizares, who now sits in second place.

A tier has been established, with Canizares a stroke behind Stenson and everyone else three or more strokes back. Barring something unforeseen, it seems like the final two rounds will come down to which golfer—Canizares or Stenson—makes the most shots. 

Below is the leaderboard for the DP World Tour, followed by an analysis of the second round.

Henrik Stenson is one of the world's best golfers, and it showed on Friday. He shot an impressive 64, which was tied for the best round on the day. (Ross Fisher shot a 64 as well, and he sits seven strokes back.) 

It's been a banner year for Stenson. He won the Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup and finished third at the PGA Championship and second at the British Open. It's not a stretch to say he's been the best golfer of the year. He has the chance, as Kelly Tilghman of the Golf Channel notes, to be the first golfer to win both the FedEx Cup and the Race to Dubai:

Look, it's going to be difficult for Alejandro Canizares to win. He was great in the first round, shooting a 66, and followed that up with an impressive 67 in the second round.

But the best golfer in the game is in the lead, and now that he has a feel for the course, it's hard to imagine him giving it up. It really is.

Behind Canizares, the golfer with probably the best shot of making things interesting is Ian Poulter. Poulter, who sits five strokes back of Stenson, shot a 68 in the second round. He admitted, though, that he is chasing the Swedish star:

ANTALYA, TURKEY - NOVEMBER 10:  Victor Dubuisson of France hits his tee shot the 14th hole during the final round of the Turkish Airlines Open at The Montgomerie Maxx Royal Course on November 10, 2013 in Antalya, Turkey.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Get
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But Poulter is a really good golfer who finished tied for third at the British Open. He improved upon his first round, and with a few missed putts here and there by Stenson, there could be room for Poulter to move up.

Beyond Poulter, another golfer to watch is Victor Dubuisson, who sits four strokes back of Stenson. Dubuisson is coming off a dominating victory at the Turkish Airlines Open, and he shot a 66 in the second round of this tournament.  

Is Dubuisson the next great golfer? He finished third at the Omega Masters in August. In fact, he may be the hottest golfer on the European Tour right now. 

All that said, I fully expect Stenson to hold on and win. As Jamie Kennedy of Golfalot noted:

That's domination. Unless another golfer simply outplays Stenson, it looks like the Swede is going to continue his magical year and win the DP World Tour Championship. 

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